TRiO Program SSS
Mark Patten Sr., MPA
Director of Student Support Services/Trio
(402) 457-2448 or 1-800-228-9553
Mark was born in Fairfield, CA, and raised in Omaha NE. He attended Howard Kennedy, Mt. View, Nathan Hale, Creighton Prep and Central schools. He is the proud single father of three children and two grandchildren. Mark is a former Volunteer Track Coach at BGCO Jaguars. Mark graduated from Central High School in 1979 and attended Morgan State University (HBCU in Baltimore). He graduated from UNO with a BS in Speech Communication in 2002 and again from UNO in 2007 with an MPA in Masters of Public Administration.
Prior to joining Metropolitan Community College Mark worked as the Personnel Director at Franklin Community Federal Credit Union/Consumer Services Organization; managed a family business; worked in Census Management 2000 and 2010; was a Program Manager at NAP; is a certified HIV/AIDS and STD educator through Creighton University’s HCOP Program; and was host of CTI Channel 22’s Healthy Choices for seven years.
Delores Galloway, M.S. Student Retention Services Counselor
(402) 457-2464 or 1-800-228-9553
I joined Metropolitan Community College and TRiO in 2004 after having worked at a public housing agency, a high school, and a national youth and education training agency. I am a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, University of Minnesota in St. Paul, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I received a Masters in Agency Counseling.
As a Counselor for the TRiO program, I look forward to helping students learn to chart their own course and achieve their goals. Spending time with family and church ministries are always a part of my schedule; any "extra time" is usually spent going to thrift shops, reading and just relaxing.
Marty Martinez, M.S. Ed., Ed. TRIO Academic Advisor
(402) 738-4098 or 1-800-228-9553
Kathy J. Trotter, M.S. , Ed. TRIO Retention Specialist
(402) 457-2651 or 1-800-228-9553
My work with the TRIO Program began in June of 2007 as the Interim TRIO Program Administrator. I enjoyed the dynamic staff, and the academic and career counseling that was given to our wonderful students.
Currently, I am the Retention Specialist. As Retention Specialist, my purpose is to support and encourage positive behaviors for the students in the TRIO Program that result in successful retention, graduation, transfer, and graduation from a four year institution in a timely manner.
I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University in Lincoln, my Masters Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, and my Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Debbie LaHoda, Student Services Advisor
(402) 457-2652 or 1-800-228-9553
I began working with Single Parent Homemaker Services in October 2001 when I completed my Human Services degree at Metropolitan Community College. Prior to coming to Metro I worked in corporate America. My last position was a Corporate Vice-President. I decided there must be more in life than what they had to offer and have never regretted my change in careers.
I was a single parent, first generation adult student. I understand the fears and frustrations of returning to school as an adult while trying to raise your children, work, and run a household. I firmly believe in what TRiO and the Single Parent program stands for. We all want our participants to be successful and that's why I am here!
SPH Program Assistant
TRIO Educational Specialist
For general questions please contact:
(402) 457-2318 or 1-800-228-9553